Basic Site Details

Name: Falkirk Old Parish Church
Town, district or village: Falkirk
City or county: Stirlingshire
Country: Scotland
Status: A Listed
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Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Church  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 91738 AdditionOctagonal steeple added
Item 2 of 91801 Plans drawn upNot adopted becasue of dispute among the parishioners
Item 3 of 91805 Plans drawn upScheme for re-building the church
Item 4 of 918101811Build/constructionLater rebuilt except for Tower, including Zetland Mausoleum.
Item 5 of 918791883 Renovation
Item 6 of 91892  Additions
Item 7 of 91900  Alterations and additions
Item 8 of 9After 1913Before 1923 Alterations
Item 9 of 9Before 1955  Restoration


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 14William Adam G1738 Octagonal steeple added
Item 2 of 14Hugh Cairncross H1801 Submitted design for rebuilding the church - not adopted because of a dispute among the parishioners.
Item 3 of 14William Sibbald junior K1805 Scheme for re-building the church - not accepted
Item 4 of 14William Sibbald L1805 Scheme for re-building the church - not accepted.
Item 5 of 14John Thin M1805 Was associated with William Sibbald senior or William Sibbald junior in abortive scheme for rebuilding the church.
Item 6 of 14James Gillespie Graham F18101811 
Item 7 of 14George Deas Page C18791883Renovation
Item 8 of 14(Sir) Robert Rowand Anderson A1892 Additions and alterations - porch and session house and organ chamber
Item 9 of 14Wardrop & Anderson A1892 Additions - porch and session house and organ chamber
Item 10 of 14Anderson Simon & Crawford A1899 Additions and alterations
Item 11 of 14(Sir) Robert Rowand Anderson E1900 Further additions
Item 12 of 14George Mackie Watson DBefore 1911 Alterations - in independent practice
Item 13 of 14James Gavin Callander B1923 North door of church set in Neo-Classical surround and erected as war memorial, located inside the building on the north side of the entrance hall.
Item 14 of 14Alastair Marshall McMichael  Before 1955 Interior renovation


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 4Gifford, John and Walker, Frank Arneil2002Stirling and Central Scotland (The Buildings of Scotland) New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp465-6
Item 3 of 4RCAHMS Inventory of Stirlingshire  i, p150, adn plate 35
Item 4 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1923   p261

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Falkirk Herald18 July 1891   
Item 2 of 3Falkirk Herald27 September 1893   
Item 3 of 3RIAS QuarterlyMay 1955100Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)p53 (McMichael work)

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 6Edinburgh University LibraryAnderson Collection (Plans and drawings) For 1900 additions
Item 2 of 6Falkirk Council ArchivesFalkirk Old Parish Church, Kirk Session RecordsCH2/242/12And CH2/242/13 p234 for William Adam steeple
Item 3 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register31167 
Item 4 of 6National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and deposits GD 171/122
Item 5 of 6National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Heritors RecordsHR 139H/, 139/1, 139/11 
Item 6 of 6RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers George Mackie Watson: L v21 no1659